• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Human Ecology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Janelle Stevenson
    • Dr Ben Shaw
    • Dr Hsiao-chun Hung
    • Dr Stuart Bedford
    • Prof Geoffrey Clark
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2023
    First Semester 2023
    Autumn Session 2023
    Winter Session 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    Spring Session 2023
    See Future Offerings

This course underpins the research-led teaching framework which is central to the Masters in Archaeological Science program. The student designs and builds an individually tailored course program to address their particular interests, skills requirements and vocational training objectives. It allows students to gain skills which are not taught as part of regular classroom teaching at the graduate level, normally working closely alongside an individual staff researcher selected according to their specialist research focus. The selected researcher acts as chair supervisor and mentor for the project. The project may be either laboratory based, or based on combinations of supervised fieldwork followed by tuition in analysis and data interpretation.  The project can include working with a specialist on fieldwork abroad or in Australia, and in topic areas too specialized or cross-disciplinary to be normally formally taught as electives. It may involve working with a specialist to gain skills in an area that is not usually formally taught at the ANU. Examples might include aspects of faunal analysis, midden or residue analysis, palynology, rock art research or advanced geological, GIS, or earth science techniques. The course coordinator arranges teaching for this course in consultation with the student and with available colleagues across contributing Colleges.  The course has the same structure, and is complementary to, ARCH8030 Archaeological Science Project 1. The course allows skill development and progression from core frameworks introduced in the compulsory core course ARCH8032, which is a prerequisite

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Scope, design and implement a research training plan in a specific topic area of Archaeological Science (or cognate areas eg. Quaternary Science).
  2. Demonstrate an appropriate level of competency in skills self-identified as training objectives at the concept stage of the project.
  3. Self-appraise the outcomes of the project critically and make recommendations as to improvements and "next-steps''.
  4. Present results from the project to a high professional standard and/or to a scholarly pre-publication standard.

Work Integrated Learning


This WIL component provides you with the opportunity to deeply engage with the course content, drive your learning, build skills and confidence, and perform the learned tasks more effectively. 

Other Information

The convenors for this course are: 

Stuart Bedford - Summer session

Janelle Stevenson - Semester 1

Ben Shaw - Autumn Session

Hsiao-chun Hung - Semester 2

Geoff Clark - Winter and Spring sessions

To request a permission code to enrol in the course email education.chl@anu.edu.au

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research report or reports (total max.6000 words) based on laboratory/fieldwork studies engaged in (100%) A variety of media may be employed in the assessed portfolio as appropriate to the topic chosen eg portfolios of digital maps; annotated image library; analysed and interpreted questionnaire or survey results; laboratory data within summary report, a poster paper to a standard adequate for conference presentation. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Supervised laboratory work, archive research, fieldwork and/or reading course over 12 weeks

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts



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2023 $3960
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2023 $5820
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Summer Session

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1483 01 Jan 2023 20 Jan 2023 20 Jan 2023 31 Mar 2023 In-Person and Online View

First Semester

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3643 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In-Person and Online View

Autumn Session

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3465 01 Apr 2023 21 Apr 2023 21 Apr 2023 30 Jun 2023 Online or In Person View

Winter Session

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4502 01 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 30 Sep 2023 In Person View

Second Semester

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6632 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

Spring Session

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6444 01 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 31 Dec 2023 In Person View

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